Suspects in maize scandal released on bai

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By JOSEPH OJWANG.

Ten suspects arrested over corruption at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) denied the charges before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kisumu.

The accused are Mr Willy Kipkoech Kosgey (silo manager, Kisumu) Mr Renson Kibet Korir (silo manager, Eldoret), Mr Thomas Kipkurgat (Soi Ward extension officer) and Kisumu Deputy Silo Manager Jeremiah Omutsani Omwayi.

Others are Mr Laban Momanyi Michira (a cashier at the NCPB offices in Kisumu), Mr David Bargetuny Korir (an assistant chief of Sionim), Mr Willie Kipkoech (Kimumu Ward Assistant Agriculural Officer) and Ms Caroline Chepchumba, Mr Rodney Kimutai and Mr Stephen Kiprob Maiyo (all traders).

Another suspect Ms Victoria Jebet Rotich (a trader) did not appear in court, with the defense team saying she is admitted at Avenue Health Center in Nairobi.

Principal Magistrate Patrick Olengo released each of the nine men and one woman on a Sh 5 million bond one surety of a similar amount and ordered those with passport to deposit them in the court.

Justice Olengo directed the accused to be held at Kodiaga Maximum Prison as their bail is being processed, consequently to those who will not be able to raise the bond.

He set December 27, 2018 as the next mention date and warned the accused against interfering with witnesses.

The suspects faced different counts all totaling to twenty-one.

In the first count, the ten suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit an economic crime, contrary to the anti-corruption and economic crimes act, 2003.

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